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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060580275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060580278
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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"Are you ready?" says Roger as he gives me a leg up, and I laugh, because I've never been so ready in all my life. Read the first page
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By Janice Mitchell on July 11 2014
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It's a wonderful story for a horse-loving adult!
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By Deesnowboard on June 21 2014
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I liked the writing style - very easy to read. But the main character I found frustrating and so unlikeable, that I just could not enjoy reading this book. She is a selfish woman, but doesn't really change - she is selfish and unlikeable to the end
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By Lynn Gordon on June 14 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, good writing, great story with an unbelievable turn of events, kept me captivated the whole way through.
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I read this book shortly after it was released, which was coincidentally shortly after my own beloved Dillinger, a horse I owned and raised for 18 years died. Not only was I able to relate to the very real healing magic in Annemaries relationship with her horse, I was able to further my own healing through journeying with Annemarie...and her beloved Harry....

Such a lovely, painful, healing, sad and happy story and so very well written. Kudos to you Sara Gruen!!
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By Elizabeth Miron on Jan. 22 2013
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I had a hard time with this book. It took me a long time to start to enjoy it and I did not end up finishing it.
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By dufferingirl on Jan. 3 2013
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I read this after reading Water for Elephants so it was a bit of a letdown. Very simple to read with not much substance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Paterson on July 19 2008
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After reading "Water for Elephants" I was looking forward to reading
another book by this author but to my disappointment this book was awful.
The main character Annemarie was ridiculous, thinking of preparing a
gourmet meal when she couldn't even cook and and dying her horse with
hair dye, please!! Also I could not believe that she could not "get over"
her teenage problems with her parents and be there for her Father when he
was dying, terrible. The romance interests were lame and the ending was
predictable. Can't believe it was the same author that wrote the wonderful "Water for Elephants"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19 2004
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I bought this book strictly on the jacket synopsis. It appealed to me because I used to ride competitively and love fiction. Boy was I disappointed.
Annemarie is such a broken character that I found her unpalatable. At 38, she sneaks out of the house in the morning so she doesn't have to face the father that she knows is dying? Shallow should be this woman's middle name. It is very difficult to root for her or find satisfaction with the novel when she discovers what she thinks is contentment in the last few pages.
The equine stuff is fairly believable, although the constant references to the "stablehands" like they were second class citizens wore thin. The people that keep a barn running and successful are the people that Annemarie shuns and is revolted that her daughter associates with. I find this inconsistent with my experience.
There are several questions left unanswered (why is Dan, the veterinarian living in a condemned-sounding trailer?).
This is a book that makes you think that you, too, can be a novelist if this is where the bar is set.
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